world outrage over the murder of Mahsa Amini, the young woman detained, beaten and tortured in Iran for wearing the wrong veil

world outrage over the murder of Mahsa Amini, the young woman detained, beaten and tortured in Iran for wearing the wrong veil
world outrage over the murder of Mahsa Amini, the young woman detained, beaten and tortured in Iran for wearing the wrong veil

The White House called the death of a young Iranian woman after being detained by Tehran’s morality police “unforgivable.”

“We are deeply concerned by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was reportedly beaten in custody by Iran’s morality police,” National Security Advisor to President Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, wrote on his Twitter account.

He added that “his death is inexcusable. We will continue to hold Iranian officials accountable for such human rights abuses.”

The incident sparked a series of demonstrations asking for clarity about what happened. and punishment for those responsible.

“A crowd of mourners shouts “Death to the dictator” at the funeral of Mahsa Amini, who died after slipping into a coma in the custody of Iran’s morality police. His death has provoked the anger and indignation of thousands of people, ”World Alert published on its Twitter account.

Later, he published another trill in which he pointed out that “Hundreds of people gather at the cemetery in Saqez, Iran, to attend the funeral of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old who died after being arrested and beaten for not wearing the veil correctly.”

Outrage and protests

After his death was announced, the fact provoked outrage among activists who called for justice. Amnesty International rejected the fact and asked that it be investigated.

“The circumstances that have led to the suspicious death during the detention of the 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, such as accusations of torture and other ill-treatment, must be the subject of a criminal investigation,” the NGO reacted.

“The so-called ‘morality police’ in Tehran arbitrarily arrested her three days before her death under abusive, discriminatory and degrading laws of the country on the use of the veil. All responsible agents and officials must be held accountable for their actions,” he added.

Iranian lawyer Said Dehghan claimed on Twitter that the event was a “murder” and that Amini had received a blow to the head that caused a skull fracture.

“This is what women in Iran are going through. 22 year old Mahsa Amini was killed last night. Please be our voice. For you to let the world know what is happening in Iran.” @heyzihere wrote while posting a video of what happens to women on the streets of Iran.

Hadi Ghaemi, director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, described it as a “tragedy that could have been prevented.”

“The government of Iran is responsible. She was detained under the state’s discriminatory veil law and she died while she was in a state detention center,” she said.

Before the announcement of his death on television, The Iranian presidency said in a statement that President Ebrahim Raissi had commissioned the Interior Minister to investigate the case.

The country’s judicial authority also announced through its press agency Mizan Online the formation of a special team to investigate what happened.

Reactions to this case were also known through social networks. “At the age of 22, in the prime of his life. Masha Amini, she was brutally beaten by the morality police in Iran just because her hair was showing through her hijab. Mahsa, who fell into a coma, passed away today,” journalist Masih Alinejad wrote.

Also a journalist Karina Mariani reacted to this case: “Today Mahsa Amini died, he was 22 years old and the misfortune of being born in Iran. The Islam Morale Police arrested her, tortured her and beat her into a coma for not wearing her veil properly. Masah Amini. There is a huge part of the world that hates women.”

The facts

Mahsa Amini was visiting the Iranian capital with her family when she was arrested on Tuesday by that special police unit, responsible for enforcing the strict dress code imposed on Iranian women.

“Suddenly, she suffered from a heart problem… she was immediately taken to hospital,” a Tehran police statement said.

Mahsa Amini “as well as a certain number of people, due to wearing inappropriate clothing, was taken to one of the police headquarters”, but “she suddenly fainted when she was with other people in a meeting room”, said the same source.

State television showed excerpts from a video showing a room, visibly at the police station, where numerous women appear. One of them, introduced as Mahsa Amini, gets up to argue with a “governess” and then collapses from her.

In another excerpt, the emergency services transport the woman’s body in an ambulance.

Persian media, such as the web IranWire or the diary Shargh Dailycollect statements from her family, stating that she was transported to the hospital in a coma hours after her arrest and was now dead.

State television reported that “Unfortunately, he passed away and his body has been transferred to the medico-legal institute.” The police confirmed the death in a statement, noting that there was “no” physical contact between the officers and the woman.

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the law in force in Iran imposes on women, Iranian or foreign and whatever their religion, to go out with a veil on their heads.

However, in the last 20 years more and more women in Tehran and other big cities leave a significant part of their hair visible despite the veil.

With information from AFP

The article is in Spanish

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